The Portico of Ards will present two live online performances by folk trio TRÚ and pianist Ruth McGinlley on May 8 and May 16 respectively.

The streamed shows are part of the Portaferry arts space commitment to showcase artistic talent, despite the current challenges.

TRÚ are Dónal Kearney, Zach Trouton and Michael Mormecha who are all seasoned artists in their own right, united by a passionate appreciation of the material they perform.
Their mesmerising live show demonstrates TRÚ’s performance skills, the craft of their arrangements and the sheer power of their storytelling. 

The trú was a mythological trio of poet-musicians in ancient Ulster, revered throughout ancient Ireland, some believing their songs and stories came to them from the future. Others maintained that the trú were possessed by spirits during performance and were considered gatekeepers to the Otherworld.

It’s here where Northern Irish trio ‘TRÚ’ draw their inspiration. The band’s song selection relies on the melodic and lyrical calibre of songs that stand the test of time.

With contemporaries like Ye Vagabonds, Lankum and Lisa O’Neill, there is a sense that these old songs are inspiring something that will last.

Their 90-minute set kicks off at 7:30pm on May 8.

Ruth McGinley returns to Portico for a livestream performance featuring works by Arvo Part, Satie and reimagined folk songs by Neil Martin.

By the age of 17, Ruth McGinley had already gained widespread recognition as one of Ireland’s leading pianists, winning countless accolades including the piano finals of both the BBC and RTÉ Young Musician awards.

Since then, her career has been wide-ranging and daring, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed teachers and musicians working today, and straying from the typical classical-pianist journey. 

The Derry native studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Royal Academy in London before being awarded a Postgraduate in Solo Performance from the Royal College in London.

As a soloist she has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra and as a solo recitalist throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Ruth broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, BBC Radio Ulster and RTE, and was honoured to be invited to perform as soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park.

But it is perhaps the spaces between where Ruth’s interests really lie. A determination to walk her own path, Ruth’s love of music goes far beyond the classical world. A highly sought-after collaborator, Ruth works with musicians from many backgrounds including jazz, folk, electronic and other.

This livestream, which begin at 3pm on May 16, is presented in association with the Middle Aisle initiative from Moving On Music and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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